Today’s VOTD is a visual treat that’ll appeal to children and grown-ups alike. The Lost Thing, written by Shaun Tan and co-directed by Tan and Andrew Ruhemann (executive producer, My Kid Could Paint That), is a beautifully animated short about a boy and the friendly, uh, tentacled machine thing he finds on the beach. The film has been nominated for an Academy Award. Watch the full 15-minute film after the jump.
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Awards season is definitely upon us, with the Gotham awards and Independent Spirit nominations kicking things off. Now the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the shortlist of ten animated and live-action shorts that will be considered for Oscar nominations. Three to five nominees will be selected from each category, and the nominations will be announced along with all the other Oscar nominations on January 25 2011.

Check out the full list of c0ontenders after the break. The 83rd Academy Awards will take place on February 27, 2011, hosted by James Franco and Anne Hathaway. Read More »